Just before the start of a triathlon, I go in the water and pee in my wetsuit. Any health risks?
CARL, PAROW Go ahead, Carl, it’ll be our secret. “Urine is mostly water, and not a toxic byproduct,” says dermatologist Dr Tsippora Shainhouse. “It’s a sterile, filtered fluid that contains water and excess nutrients that your body has discarded.” So you’re probably not risking any severe health consequences. But you’re peeing in your padded triathlon trunks, right? Which double as your bike shorts? Sure, they get a rinse during the swimming leg, but you should still be on the lookout for any nasty rashes that might pop up. If you notice any skin irritation, prolonged exposure to the water and urea in urine could be the reason. And the friction of that bicycle seat jamming up against your nethers doesn’t help. Apply some lube. Put it on prior to wiggling into your trunks, and you’re good to go.